Articles | Volume 18, issue 17
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 12915–12931, 2018

Special issue: Sources, propagation, dissipation and impact of gravity waves...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 12915–12931, 2018
Research article
07 Sep 2018
Research article | 07 Sep 2018

Gravity waves excited during a minor sudden stratospheric warming

Andreas Dörnbrack et al.

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A deep upper-air sounding stimulated the current investigation of internal gravity waves excited during a minor sudden stratospheric warming (SSW) in the Arctic winter 2015/16. The analysis of the radiosonde profile revealed large kinetic and potential energies in the upper stratosphere without any simultaneous enhancement of upper tropospheric and lower stratospheric values. In combination with high-resolution meteorological analyses we identified an elevated source of gravity wave excitation.
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